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Global chip sales seen ticking up in May
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
Global chip sales in May are believed to have increased by a seasonally adjusted 2 percent on the previous month, according to analysts at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
A real-time HPC approach for optimizing Intel multi-core architectures (Part 2 of 3)
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
This 3-part series will explore real-time high performance computing with the usage of embedded multi-core processors. Part 2 outlines software architecture approaches for utilizing multi-core processors, along with cache optimizations.
Virage Logic joins Power.org
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
IP vendor Virage Logic has joined Power.org, the organization that promotes and develops standards for Power Architecture.
Samsung using 45-nm process for ARM-11 based processor
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Ltd has started sampling its ARM11-based application processor that will be made on its 45-nm CMOS process technology.
Semico projects five-fold netbook growth
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
As many as 59 million netbooks will ship in 2013, nearly 22 percent of the mobile PC market and up almost five-fold from 2008, according to a new report by Semico Research that profiles the major chip contenders in the sector.
The iPhone 3GS costs $172.46, says iSuppli
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6/24/2009   Post a comment
The Apple iPhone 3GS has a bill of materials cost of $172.46, and Toshiba took the largest share of the pie at $24 for its 16 Mbyte flash module, according to market watcher iSuppli Corp.
XMOS fosters its first fabless client companies
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6/24/2009   Post a comment
James Foster, CEO of XMOS, has said the first partner company, enabled by the XMOS event-driven processor, is selling chips under its own brand and package labeling. Other XMOS client companies are moving to market rapidly, Foster said.
XMOS moves processors to 65-nm, drops price
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6/24/2009   Post a comment
Event-driven processor startup XMOS Semiconductor Ltd. (Bristol, England) has launched a second family of products by migrating designs to 65-nm process technology from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. As a result the company is taking the price for 10,000 units below $5.
Opinion: Don't expect a Finntel iPhone
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
The marriage of Nokia and Intel pairs to powerful mobile forces, but history suggests we should not expect an iPhone killer.
More processor talk
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
The question of which processor to use for an embedded project is still a very relevant one.
Gartner warns of slow recovery in electronics
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
Electronic equipment markets are predicted to start picking up in the fourth quarter of 2009 and lead to a sustainable recovery in the second half of next year, according to market research group Gartner Inc.
Maxim : Gamma correction IC has 16 programmable outputs
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
The MAX9669 is a low-cost, 16-channel, gamma-correction reference system with integrated nonvolatile (NV) memory.
Intel, IBM spar for lead in Top 500 list
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
Intel is on the rise in the world's fastest computers as ranked in the latest Top 500 supercomputer list, but IBM Corp. is still top dog and is making plans to keep it that way.
A real-time HPC approach for optimizing Intel multi-core architectures (Part 1 of 3)
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
In this three part series, the authors present findings that demonstrate how a novel approach with Intel hardware and software technology is allowing for real-time high-performance computing (HPC) in order to solve engineering problems with multi-core processors that were not possible only five years ago.
ADL releases 3.5 inch, 2.16GHz computer board
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
Advanced Digital Logic (ADL) announced the release of its ADL945HD 3.5-inch form factor computer board with clock speeds up to 2.16GHz.
Intel: Fab tool broker or breaker?
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
There appears to be a new power broker -- or possibly breaker -- in the fab tool community: Intel Corp.
VinChip offers India-developed 32-bit RISC processor
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
VinChip Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has announced the availability of the VinRZ5110 32-bit RISC processor core, which it claims is the first 32-but processor to be developed in India. It has a DSP-centric instruction set and low gate count for low power consumption, the company said.
Parallel software plays catch-up with multicore
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6/22/2009   1 comment
Microprocessors are marching into a multicore future to keep delivering performance gains without frying in their own heat. But mainstream software has yet to find its path to using the new parallelism.
The ConnX Baseband Engine and its application in LTE
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6/21/2009   Post a comment
The ConnX Baseband Engine from Tensilica addresses the baseband demands of 3G and 4G networks. This feature details the architecture and its capabilities and how to apply it for LTE with MIMO.
UPDATE: B'com, Toshiba win sockets in iPhone 3GS
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6/19/2009   Post a comment
Teardowns of the third generation Apple iPhone reveal a more integrated—and probably lower cost--handset thanks in part to new design wins for Broadcom and Toshiba that caused one analyst to quip the 'S' in the iPhone 3GS may stand for savings.
Keynote: Help is on the way for multicore software
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6/18/2009   2 comments
Help is on the way for programmers trying to wrestle greater performance from multicore processors, but the big leaps forward in parallel programming are still in the labs, according to a keynoter at the Multicore Virtual Conference.
Moore's Law repealed! But does it matter?
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6/18/2009   8 comments
Looking at the real cost, performance and time-to-market requirements designers face, the repeal of Moore's Law, which appears to be in progress, may not even matter anymore, according to Gene Frantz, Principal Fellow at Texas Instruments and creator of "Gene's Law", a power-related corollary of Moore's.
CPUs gear up for--and some avoid--Hot Chips
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6/17/2009   Post a comment
The preliminary program for the annual Hot Chips conference says a lot about the state of the microprocessor industry both for what's on it, and for what's not in the latest server, mobile and graphics processors and the increasingly parallel software to drive them.
Programming the IBM Cell Baseband Engine
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6/17/2009   Post a comment
The IBM Cell Broadband Engine (Cell BE) promises high performance at low power using multiple powerful cores connected with a high-speed interconnect. While effective, this architecture raises parallel programming issues that this two-part feature will address.
Beyond-IR: Remote Controls for Home Entertainment
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6/17/2009   3 comments
The alternative to infrared remote control technologies is RF-based remote controls. RF-based remote controls overcome three major limitations of infrared technologies: line-of-sight and range; one-way communications; and high power consumption. Let's take a look at each of these limitations.
ISuppli: Gear costs to derail Moore's Law in 2014
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6/16/2009   5 comments
Moore's Law, which has held as the benchmark for IC scaling for more than 40 years, will cease to drive semiconductor manufacturing after 2014, when the high cost of chip manufacturing equipment will catch up with the industry and make it economically unfeasible to do volume production of devices with feature sizes smaller than 18 nanometers, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Virtualization for the embedded market
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6/16/2009   Post a comment
The key differences between virtualization for enterprise versus embedded.
BOARDS - ECONA CNS2135 ARM processor provides high performance for networks and storage
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6/12/2009   Post a comment
Cavium Networks has introduced the ECONA CNS2135 ARM SOC solution for small form factor and low power network and storage applications, along with the CNS2135-TK module, a ready-to-use compact dongle module that enables quick implementation of network download stations with minimal development cost and time.
Motor efficiency depends on power-factor correction, too
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6/12/2009   2 comments
Active power-factor correction is necessary for modern motors due to the highly non-linear load they would otherwise present to the ac mains.
Updated: Qualcomm raises sales target
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6/11/2009   Post a comment
Citing stronger-than-expected demand for chipsets and increased licensing revenue, Qualcomm raised its revenue target for the quarter.
Sun starts porting OpenSolaris to ARM chips
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6/11/2009   Post a comment
Sun Microsystems has started porting its OpenSolaris operating system on to ARM processor cores, targeting mobile, handheld and embedded applications, on the heels of being made available on Sparc processors targeting mainframes.
Atmel releases higher-frequency ARM9-based embedded microprocessor
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6/11/2009   Post a comment
Atmel Corporation has released its SAM9G10 ARM926EJ-S-based embedded microprocessor which is an upgrade to the established SAM9261S embedded microprocessor that pushes the boundaries of performance versus power consumption.
ESMexpress modules cut space, power demands for mobile embedded systems
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6/10/2009   Post a comment
MEN Micro Inc. is offering the first in its ESMini series, the smallest available form factor ESMexpress modules for reliable performance in rugged and mobile applications.
Book Excerpt: "Electrical Engineering 101" (Part 4 of 5)
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6/10/2009   Post a comment
This is not "EE for dummies"; it is a very useful review of basics you may have forgotten, or maybe missed.
Intel's MPU share slipped in Q1, says iSuppli
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6/9/2009   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices took market share from larger rival Intel in the first quarter for the first time since the fourth quarter of 2007, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Embedded processor wars
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6/9/2009   Post a comment
While Intel and ARM battle for supremacy in the consumer areas of netbooks and smart phones, ARM is taking on formidable opponents in other application areas.
Only wireless related IC segments seen growing in '09
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6/9/2009   Post a comment
Only two of the 29 IC product categories tracked monthly by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization are likely to show any growth this year, according to an analysis by IC Insights.
Apple iPhone 3GS leapfrogs Palm Pre
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6/8/2009   Post a comment
Apple Inc. leapfrogged the Palm Pre with the announcement of its iPhone 3GS and undercut the Pre by dropping existing iPhone prices to $99, but Palm undercut Apple slightly in the cost of hardware in handsets with 8 Gbytes flash.
Cypress : Programmable SoCs have touch-sensing interface
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6/8/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor has introduced two PSoC programmable system-on-chips with enhanced analog and digital performance.
NXP powers up RF chip process technology
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6/8/2009   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors has extended the capability of its QUBIC4 BiCMOS process so that it delivers higher levels of integration and performance at high frequencies.
A first look inside the Palm Pre
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6/7/2009   Post a comment
A new multi-touch display controller from Cypress Semiconductor is one of few surprises inside the modular design of the Palm Pre handset, according to a teardown by Portelligent.
Judge dismisses Intel shareholder suit
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6/6/2009   Post a comment
A U.S. federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that accused Intel's board of directors of ignoring allegedly monopolistic behavior, according to reports.
Analysis: Intel eyes embedded apps with Wind River deal
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6/4/2009   2 comments
There will undoubtedly be fallout from Intel Corp.'s move into the embedded software market, a market well beyond its traditional PC and server segments.
Analysis: Intel rides Wind River beyond the PC
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6/4/2009   Post a comment
Intel's acquisition of Wind River is another indicator of the sea change occurring inside the world's biggest semiconductor maker—along with the rise of Linux across all markets.
Update: Intel buys Wind River, targeting mobile market
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6/4/2009   1 comment
Intel Corp. has agreed to pay about $884 million for Wind River Systems Inc. as the world's biggest semiconductor company pushes for new revenue opportunities outside its core PC microprocessor market.
Intel buys Wind River for $884 million
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6/4/2009   4 comments
Intel Corp. said it will acquire embedded software specialist Wind River for $884 million.
Adura Systems adopts Freescale's FlexRay automotive microcontroller technology
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6/3/2009   Post a comment
Adura Systems, an electric powertrain company, announced its selection of Freescale Semiconductor's FlexRay automotive microcontroller technology for high-speed in-vehicle networking.
Digital signal processing on Intel Architecture: Medical ultrasound imaging
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6/3/2009   Post a comment
Thanks to major advances in transistor technology, optimized multi-core processor microarchitectures and the addition of extensions for vector processing, general-purpose Intel processors may now have the GFLOPS/watt and GFLOPS/size ratios needed for embedded DSP. This excerpt shows how to implement and benchmark performance of medical ultrasound processing algorithms using a variety of current Intel processors.
Fanless design for embedded applications
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6/3/2009   1 comment
This article emphasizes analytical hand calculation for first-order approximations and provides computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation techniques to determine processor architecture feasibility in fanless systems.
IBM reportedly cuts more jobs in New York
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6/2/2009   Post a comment
Various news outlets reported that IBM Clet go off more workers at facilities in upstate New York.
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